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27th Nov 2014 17:31 GMT
UK Food Poisoning Bacteria brings a Cloud over Thanksgiving Day!!

Here is a worrying story for Thanksgiving Day!!?? The number of fresh shop-bought chickens contaminated with the lethal campylobacter food poisoning bug has risen to 70 per cent, as experts warn retailers are failing to keep the bug at bay. Results published today show every major supermarket has failed to meet targets imposed by the Food Standards Agency which aim to reduce the proliferation of the food poisoning bug. At 78 per cent, Asda was found to have the highest percentage of fresh chickens contaminated with campylobacter, while 28 per cent contained the bug above the highest level of contamination.

After the results were published, Asda said it was disappointed with the results but that there was no 'silver bullet' for solving the issue. Meanwhile, 73 per cent of chickens sold by the Co-operative tested positive for the bug, while Morrisons, Sainsbury's and Waitrose all came in at 69 per cent. Marks & Spencer was found to have contamination in 67 per cent of its fresh chickens, while Tesco was found to have 64 per cent. Individual figures for the discounters Aldi, Lidl and Iceland were not reported because their market share was based on 2010 figures and deemed too small. 

The bacteria campylobacter is killed by thorough cooking and can be limited by careful hygiene but it is the most common form of food poisoning in the UK, affecting an estimated 280,000 people a year. Symptoms usually develop two to five days after eating contaminated food. Most people recover after a few days but in some cases, campylobacter infection can cause irritable bowel syndrome, reactive arthritis or miscarriage. It can be fatal in young children, the elderly and people with a weakened immune system, including cancer patients. Around 100 of the victims die from vomiting and stomach upsets. Poultry is the source of the majority of these cases. 

Research by the Institute of Food Research showed that the persistence of campylobacter - a group of bacteria that commonly cause food poisoning - is boosted by 'chicken juice'. Organic matter exuding from chicken carcasses provides the bacteria with the perfect environment to flourish in the food chain. The findings, the researchers said, highlight the importance of cleaning surfaces during food preparation. 

Which? Executive Director Richard Lloyd said: “These results are a damning indictment of supermarkets and consumers will be rightly shocked at the failure of trusted household brands to stem the tide of increasingly high levels of campylobacter. It's now vital that the industry cleans up its act and works hard to restore consumer confidence. We want to see supermarkets not only publishing effective plans that tackle these scandalously high levels but also demonstrate they're taking real action to make chicken safe.” The British Retail Consortium's director of food and sustainability, Andrew Opie, said: 'Today's figures are an important reminder that we have not yet found a way to prevent the presence of campylobacter in raw chicken and supermarkets are working even harder to find solutions to help consumers such as leak-proof packaging for all raw chicken and new roast-in-the-bag products - this is our top priority for food safety. There has been concern that implementing a solution to prevent campylobacter will mean the cost of chicken increases but we believe any increase should be small and in our competitive market retailers will work with their suppliers to do everything they can to avoid passing this on to consumers.'

Maybe it was that chicken was not on the menu for Thanksgiving dinner, but our Members were is excellent health and in fine spirits as they turned up for our regular Club Night last evening!! There was a bit of a caffuffle over the scoring with an "Appeal" and a decision from the Director to recompute the result!!?? You can read all about it in the Report by clicking on the "Competitions" tab in the Menu to the left of this box. Alternatively you can study the full Leaderboard and the individual Travellers by clicking on the "Latest Result" button at the top right of this page.



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Meets at Oxshott Village Centre, Holmwood Road, Oxshott KT22 0QL
Duplicate Bridge on Wednesday Evenings at 7.30 p.m.
Rubber Bridge (except Bank Holidays) every Monday at 1.30 p.m.

If you would like to attend as a prospective Member or as a Guest, please call our Secretary, Susan Sadler, on 01932 589842 to make arrangements.
Gail Norman announced at the Club Night on Wednesday 16thJuly 2014 that the Committee of Oxshott Bridge Club had discussed the problem of “Unauthorised Information” and she requested Members to be particularly careful not to inadvertently contravene the Rules of Bridge. You can read four Articles on the "Facts" about "Unauthorised Information" and of three recent International Scandals by clicking on the "Unintentional Information" button in the Menu to the left of this box.
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